The 2019 LORI Certification period opened on January 15. Please review important information on this page and at the links below.
Please also be sure to read the "Interlibrary Loan and Service Policies" tab, above.
Click the LORI Standards Certification direct link (below) to review the required documentation and begin the certification submission process. Enter your library's LORI code in the box at the top of the linked page to access the required certification documents and links:
If you are applying for LORI certification for the first time, please read the "Not Yet a LORI Member Library?" tab above and contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org before proceeding.
The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) certifies libraries to become members of the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) network. LORI membership provides access to statewide resource sharing and interlibrary loan delivery services, continuing education opportunities, and other benefits. More information about the benefits of LORI membership is available here.
LORI Certification must be renewed annually by all LORI members. RILINK staff assists our members with this process. The 2019 LORI Certification portal opens January 15, and certification renewal (or first-time application) must be completed and submitted by March 15. Dates are subject to change.
Certification consists of two types:
The LORI Standards Certification Schedule linked below lists the years during which current LORI member libraries must renew their full certification. If your library is not due for full certification renewal, you must complete the shorter annual update process. RILINK members who are interested in applying for LORI membership for the first time must complete the full certification process.
How to find and submit the ILL statistics requirement for the 2017-2018 school year:
Interlibrary loan statistics for the 2017-2018 fiscal year must be reported as part of the certification process. If you do not have access to your own records, please visit the ILL Statistics Archive page of the RILINK website. Please note: ILL statistics reports will be completed shortly and may not be available when certification opens. You may work on other sections of certification while waiting for your ILL statistics report to be posted.
More information is available at the links below.
As part of the 2019 LORI certification application process, and pursuant to LORI Standards 3.03, 3.04, and 3.05, each LORI member library must make publicly available on the home page of its website the following:
RILINK strongly encourages its participating members to make sure all of the above required information is clearly visible on your library's home page as either embedded text or embedded links or documents. Make sure each segment is clearly labeled and visible. A sample LibGuides page modeling this method will be forthcoming.
1. When submitting your library's home page URL on the LORI Certification page, please be sure to submit the exact direct link to the home page. OLIS staff must be able to click that single link and see everything in front of them they need to see, with no error messages preventing access, and no additional clicking to get to your library's individual home page. This must be a one-click process to get to your library's home page, and the home page must clearly show all of the required information, as either embedded text, or embedded referring URLs or documents.
2. If your library home page is your RICAT page, do not submit www.ricat.net as your home page URL, and do not copy and paste the browser URL when your RICAT home page is open. The dedicated URL to each RILINK library's RICAT page is unique and is available next to your library's name in the RILINK Directory. Look for the URL next to your site entry that starts with http://www.ricat.net/common/welcome.jsp?site=1234, where 1234 is your specific RICAT site ID (this may be a 3- or 4-digit number). The Directory entry for the RILINK/EBEC RICAT site looks like this, with the dedicated URL for the RILINK/EBEC RICAT site circled in red, below:
3. Acceptable library home pages include your library's dedicated RICAT home page (see above), your existing LibGuide site's home page, your school's library website, or any other website you have created on which your Contact Name and Information, Library Hours, Interlibrary Loan Policy, and Service Policy are clearly visible.
4. The required Interlibary Loan and Service Policies may be posted on your library home page as either embedded text, an embedded referring URL, or a linked document. Be sure all segments are clearly labeled.
4.02.2 If a category of material (e.g., books, CDs, magazines, DVDs, journals) is generally available to library clientele, it must be made generally available by Interlibrary Loan. In other words, an entire category of generally available material cannot be excluded from Interlibrary Loan availability specifically because of its format type. However, as noted in 4.02.1, any individual item may be excluded from Interlibrary Loan availability based upon item-specific criteria.